Ribbon Cutting “Officially” Opens Griffin Region College & Career Academy

Pictured L-R: Jenny Williams, Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG); Dr. Randy Peters, former Southern Crescent Technical College president; Dr. Alvetta Thomas, Southern Crescent Technical College president; April Pruitt, GRCCA Board Chair; Barbara Jo Cook, Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) BOE; Katy Arrowood, GRCCA CEO; Jim Smith, Superintendent GSCS; Zachery Holmes, Board Chair GSCS BOE; Dr. Mike Duncan, Superintendent Pike County Schools. Second row (L – R): Mark Peevy, TCSG; Russ Moore; Dr. Laura Ergle, GRCCA Director; Dave Lamb, immediate past GRCCA Board Chair and Todd Simpson, Jackson High School principal.

State and local officials gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 to officially open the newly renovated Griffin Region College and Career Academy (GRCCA), though students have already been using the facility since the start of the school year.

The event was well-attended with a number of state and local officials, business and community leaders, school administrators, city and county officials, as well as dignitaries from local colleges and universities and more.

GRCCA CEO Katy Arrowood stated, "The Griffin Region College & Career Academy is a shining example of so much that is great in this region. The GRCCA takes a regional approach to workforce development by continuing to build partnerships to expand opportunities for students in the region. The GRCCA has taken a historic educational landmark and transformed it into a state of the art learning facility which prepares students for careers of the future."

This semester the GRCCA has 238 students enrolled from Butts, Pike and Spalding County School Systems. Of those students, 181 are dually-enrolled in classes taught by Southern Crescent Technical College in the following programs: Early College Essentials, Film Technology, Healthcare, Industrial Systems Technology, Criminal Justice, and Welding.

SCTC President Dr. Alvetta Thomas commented, “Watching the construction and renovation of this building over the past few months, I am reminded of the power of partnerships. Just as the building itself is a partnership between the past and the present, it took powerful partnerships to plan the Griffin Region College & Career Academy.  Working together with three school systems, three colleges and universities and several local businesses not only help students to thrive academically, but they help to build strong local communities and a stronger economy for Georgia.  When you put students first, the results are truly remarkable.”

“I am so excited and proud to officially show off the newly renovated GRCCA!” stated Griffin-Spalding County School System Superintendent Jim Smith. “The opportunities that the GRCCA is and will continue to offer our students and this community is truly amazing.”